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Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 11:34 AM

Advice for the career-weary | Jo-Anne Stark

Question: I’ve been practising law for almost 35 years and although I love it, I’m feeling I have so little time to pursue my other interests — or even make plans for retirement. After a lifetime of building a career and a network of clients, I want to find a way to work less, but still help people with their legal problems. I also want to retire to British Columbia one day, but all my work connections are here in Saskatoon. Is there a way to slow down without giving up the things I love about practising law? ... [read more]

Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 11:12 AM

Measuring effect of changes to Occupiers’ Liability Act | Rohan Haté

Anytime a change in legislation takes place, we have an opportunity to measure its effectiveness over time by looking at the immediate, short-term and long-term impacts that follow. ... [read more]

Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 9:22 AM

Lost art of cross-examination | Kyla Lee

The best parts of any classic lawyer film are the gripping cross-examinations. Think of Daniel Keefe cross-examining Col. Jessup in A Few Good Men: “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!” Or Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, cross-examining Chutney Putnam on the finer points of hair care after a perm. Honestly, I could play television and movie cross-examinations all day long and still learn new things. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 12:56 PM

Lessons from the pandemic | Jennifer Lynch and Margot Mary Davis

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic. The pandemic drastically altered many individuals’ lives. People could no longer do many day-to-day activities like meet up with friends. The world went virtual. New terminology entered the lexicon like “social distancing” and “flattening the curve.”  ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 10:29 AM

Proposed election finance changes bad for democracy | Cara Zwibel

Beware Canadian governments bearing legal gifts promising better democracy in 2021. Canada, and Ontario in particular, already has more restrictions on money in politics than most Western democracies. If politicians can buy an election in the U.S., some would say, it’s totally different in Canada. More political money, more democratic problems, right? So, the Ontario government’s new Bill 254, Protecting Ontario Elections Act, must be good news, you’d think. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 9:47 AM

How we treat miscreants | John L. Hill

A program carried out at the Oak Ridge psychiatric centre has come to light in a lawsuit and a recently aired segment of CBC’s The Fifth Estate. The judgment in Barker v. Barker [2020] O.J. No. 2827 gives us insight on how a court will treat seemingly opposing views on treatment of prisoners.  ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 09, 2021 @ 2:12 PM

Casino Torstar: Should free press and gambling mix? | Alex Davis

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation recently reported that Torstar, the Toronto Star’s parent company, plans to introduce an online casino subject to online gaming’s legalization. Despite the many benefits that may result from online gaming’s legalization, there should be caution in regulating its roll-out and decisions regarding which organizations should be trusted to provide it. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 09, 2021 @ 2:11 PM

From a former moot hater: Do a moot | Kara Cao

When I first entered law school, mooting was the last thing on my to-do list. I remember doing a mini-moot in a three-week block course back in 1L. I can’t say I liked it at the time. I felt like it was over before I even realized what happened. Was I the appellant or respondent? I don’t even remember. This year however, I somehow talked myself into signing up for a credit moot. Although it was daunting for me in the beginning, it was definitely one of the best highlights of law school. Here are some things I learned through a moot and why you should consider doing one as well. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 09, 2021 @ 1:40 PM

Serious ramifications of self-aggrandizing arrogance| Ian G. Wilkinson

Stephen Lewis, former UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, was asked during an interview what the most important thing a person in his position could do to bring warring parties to the table. His answer was that both sides need to recognize that the other side comes to the table from a “legitimate perspective.” ... [read more]

Monday, March 08, 2021 @ 11:45 AM

Time to decriminalize all drugs | Adriana Ortiz

The pandemic has been hard for many people without a doubt. However, it has had a disproportionate impact on certain communities. As many reports have shown, those from racialized communities, through job losses and pay cuts, have faced financial instability and are more likely to contract COVID-19. As the pandemic tore through our country, many of our most vulnerable communities have been affected by mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety and substance use. ... [read more]